Re: My Debian Woody installation won't boot
Wait...your bootstrap partition is 2? How did you partition your
hard drive? Did you delete ALL the partitions that were in the
original map? I'm no expert by any means, but I do remember clearly
that the first eight or so partitions were taken up by hard disk
drivers. Perhaps that could be related to the problem?
They're only needed for MacOS.
OK, here's the partition table.
1 Apple_partition_map Apple 63@1
2 Apple_Bootstrap bootstrap 1600@30506881 800K
3 Apple_Driver_ATA* Macintosh 54@64
4 Apple_Driver_ATA* Macintosh 74@118
5 Apple_Driver_IOKit Macintosh 512@192
6 Apple_Patches Patch Partition 512@704
7 Apple HFS 500MB
8 Apple HFS 1GB
9 Apple HFS 2GB
10 Apple HFS 4GB
11 Apple HFS 7.2GB
12 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 Linux 9112000@30508481 4-ishGB
13 Apple_UNIX_SVR2 swap 512000@29620481 250MB
14 Apple_Free Extra 22@40132481
the 880K bootstrap is logical partition 2 as required (pdisk actually
works!) even though physically it number 11.
My mac system has a 500MB bootable partition so that when it has to
be checked out for errors it is a quick scan of 500MB and not a slow
crawl over the 15 or so GB I have allowed it to use of the 20GB disk
I put in there.
I did do another re-install when I got home - same result, a grey
screen and nothing happens.
Install again and Debian install knows there is a swap partition but
thinks it has not been "initialized and activated". so I do it again,
ditto the actual Linux partition.
The boot thingy in Open Firmware is set to hd:2,\\tbxi - which I have
to boot of the Mac OS 9.1 CD-ROM every time I get a freeze. Booting
from the Debian Install CD starts up the install again. As you would
expect I suppose.
The yaboot HOWTO from penguinppc says I can edit something in yaboot
and not to panic when it won't boot- but as I can't get to it I don't
see this is any use to me... Even then it expects yaboot to work when
I type in "boot hd:2,yaboot".
So the big questions remain :-
What is stopping yaboot from working?
Has anybody got Woody working on a Rev A iMac?